Skip to comments.IRS Emails: Lerner Too 'Unpredictable' to Testify in Probe
Posted on 03/11/2014 8:59:38 AM PDT by don-o
Lois Lerner, who oversaw the U.S. Internal Revenue Services scrutiny of tea party groups, was looking for someone from every branch of government to help resolve the issue that eventually cost her job.
In emails being released today by a congressional committee, Lerner wondered why Congress wasnt getting more criticism, hoped that the Federal Election Commission would "save the day" and wrote that political nonprofit groups "itching for a constitutional challenge" might file a court case that leads the IRS to accelerate the release of specific information about groups denied tax-exempt status.
The emails are part of a 141-page report from the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. The panel is building a case designed to lead to a vote to hold Lerner in contempt of Congress for refusing to answer the committees questions and for providing false and misleading information in prior questioning.
"She led efforts to scrutinize conservative groups while working to maintain a veneer of objective enforcement," the report said of Lerner. "Her unwillingness to testify deprives Congress the opportunity to have her explain her conduct, hear her response to personal criticisms levied by her IRS co-workers, and provide vital context regarding the actions of other IRS officials."
Lerner has refused to answer lawmakers questions, twice invoking her constitutional right not to testify.
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No matter what, this will never get to Obama because he didn’t have to tell her to audit only conservatives. He just knew she was a kindred soul who hated conservatives as much as he does.
DO NOT PAY YOUR TAXES UNTIL THIS BITCH IS HUNG FROM THE TREE OF LIBERTY.
Inspiring but I'm still gonna mail my 4 grand check on April 15.
I wouldn’t give her immunity. She would then just make further fools out of the GOP.
For the list.
It ain’t just her. The whole thing has to go.
The list, Ping
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Ways and Means has a committee looking into this too. They have greater access to IRS, including the ability to look at the actual returns and such, which no other Congressional committee has. Let’s hope they also have the gonads that Darrel Issa (Neuter-CA) clearly lacks.
I agree, but at this point I don't care if it does not go higher than her. Lerner needs to be doing some jail time.
She is seeking amnesty and not getting it because she has no one higher to throw to the wolves.
“DO NOT PAY YOUR TAXES UNTIL THIS BITCH IS HUNG FROM THE TREE OF LIBERTY”
Save that one for future ‘caption this photo’ threads, it’s perfect for most of them!
How about bumper stickers?
Our country took bizarre punishments during the sequester and I bet most barely remember this....or care.
Remember, we couldn’t look at Mt Rushmore....couldn’t drink from a fountain in Yellowstone...vets couldn’t visit an open air monument and on and on. How blatently absurd and outrageous - yet they got away with it. What was especially bizarre to me is that the government employees actually followed orders to enforce this travesty. Doesn’t say much about integrity in our government employees.
So what’s a little IRS bad behavior? Do most people even care?
>> How high will this go?
Lerner granted the Barrack H Obama Foundation, owned by Malik Obama an alien resident with documented ties to terrorist organizations, 501(c)(3) status. Processing was expedited, the status was granted on Sunday June 26, 2011, and was retroactive 38 months.
How high? All the way.
I say we hold protests at every post office on April 15th and BURN our tax returns. Right there in front of God and everybody.
Screw these tyrants! Screw this government!
Turkey neck should be in jail.
Yeah, me too.
No to immunity. She’ll just lie, take all responsibility, and all the guilty parties will skate away.
I think they’ve got her....
That is a fools errand...which tells me the GOP will jump right on it.
The entire operation needs to be shut down.
You abused your power, you lose your power, and you do not ever get it back.
Lerner’s a small fish; I don’t know why Congress doesn’t immunize her based on agreement to provide full disclosure, and THEN cite her for contempt of Congress and jail her if she fails to cooperate after that.
Except for salary and benefits, naturally.
It’ll take time to get to Obama...
Don’t say ‘never’...
It’s been 6 years and he still has his past bottled up and inaccessible.
We're not helpless.
Every time you put that sentiment on a thread - I'll counter it. Police state tactics are being used in a free country - in our free country. Those tactics are worth fighting. And NO we will not win them all - but we will win some...
Now that’s brilliant. I would join you. What state are you in.
I owe $3,500 and I have no savings but for the coins in a jar. This country was founded on less. And I have nothing to lose at this point.
They should offer her a deal... if she spills the beans then they cut her sentence from 100 years down to 75 years. Otherwise, no deal.
You can click on the user name to find out which state.
She should spill the beans all the way to the top in exchange for total immunity.
She needs to do time... no matter what. Offer her a shorter sentence or something, but not total immunity. This is too serious to be letting people off the hook completely.
I think it’s more of the flipside.
She knew that she could do this and that the Obama admin would not only not pursue her, but would do everything it could behind the scenes to protect her.
Yeah, this is about as egregious as it can get -
using an agency of the government as a political weapon against the opposition party.
That cannot be allowed to happen in America.
You don’t think it would be worth it for the top dog?
That is just it, she can’t spill the beans because she wasn’t specifically TOLD to use the power of the IRS against conservatives. She just did it thinking it is what Obama would tell her to do and to be a good little socialist. Issa won’t give her immunity because he knows that it will be letting the biggest fish he is likely to get off the hook.
Rats loved the independent counsel law until it was used against them and then they were all to happy to let it die. Now, there is only Congress to punish them and they know the likelihood of that happening is remote.
Wonder why Sarah Ingram, Lois Lerner’s boss at the time and now head of the IRS Affordable Care Act Division with 165 visits to the White House only has two sentences on her Wikipedia page.